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The Levante is a luxury SUV from a brand you probably wouldn't expect to be making such a thing. Following the Jaguar F-PACE and the Bentley Bentayga, we've got this car, the Maserati Levante.


Maserati tries its hand at a luxury SUV with this Levante model. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

The Levante is a luxury SUV from a brand you probably wouldn't expect to be making such a thing. Following the Jaguar F-PACE and the Bentley Bentayga, we've got this car, the Maserati Levante.


It's mark of the rise and rise of the SUV that every single luxury brand now knows it has to have such a thing within its model portfolio. Maserati has been dabbling with the idea for years, showing its Kubang concept at motorshows as long ago as 2003. The brand finally got around to updating this Giugiaro prototype in 2011, but it took until 2016 to get it into production, badged as the Levante. Was the wait worthwhile? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet of the Levante variant that most UK customers will buy lies a 271bhp VM Motori V6 diesel, which is an update of the engine that Maserati offers in its Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons. If you want it, there are three twin turbo petrol options; a 350hp V6, a 430hp 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 built by Ferrari that boasts a top speed of 164mph and makes 62mph from rest in just 5.2s. Or a 550hp 3.8-litre V8 in the most desirable GTS model, which reduces the rest to 62mph time to just 4.2s. Whatever your engine choice, on the move, what's unusual about this car is the way that it's constantly able to monitor the location of its centre of gravity. Every time you turn the wheel, the Levante is able to determine the load it's carrying and work out what that'll do to its centre of gravity. It'll then continuously adjust its air springs and electronic dampers to suit. As a result, Maserati claims that this car understeers less than any of its rivals, this helped by a 51:49 front-rear weight distribution and a 4x4 driveline that sends 90% of the V6 engine's torque to the back axle by default. If a lack of traction demands it, this proportion can be adjusted in just 150 milliseconds, these continuous shiftings visible on an attractive instrument cluster graphic. 62mph takes 6.9s en route to 143mph. Can you go off-road in it? Actually yes. The Levante comes with adjustable ride height, hill-descent control and lots of torque. Plus there's plenty of wheel travel and a couple of off-road modes. But if you seriously take to the undergrowth in this Maserati, you'd be a brave buyer.

Design and Build

This car is based on Maserati's Kubang concept. That prototype was originally supposed to run on Jeep hardware and be built in the US. In the event, the Levante is actually put together from Maserati bits and is screwed together in Italy at Fiat's huge Mirafiori plant in Turin. Aluminium is extensively used around the structure and the bodywork - you'll find it in the doors, the tailgate and the bonnet for example. Despite that, the Levante is still a pretty heavy thing, tipping the scales at 2,205kg - which makes it significantly heavier than rivals like the Range Rover Sport or the Volvo XC90. Open the frameless doors then step inside and you'll find the Levante's cabin furnishings as sumptuous as you'd expect those in a Maserati to be. Owners should love the leather-upholstered dashboard and the high-set driving position, while the infotainment system promises to be more convincing than that found in Maserati's saloons. There's a Mercedes-like single stalk controlling indicators, wipers and main beam, while behind the smart steering wheel, there's a pair of alloy gearchange paddles.

Market and Model

You'll pay around £55,000 for the diesel version and around £70,000 for the petrol model. We can see those figures tempting some buyers in the large luxury SUV sector. That pitches the Levante right into the heart of the BMW X5 / Mercedes GLE / Range Rover Sport / Volvo XC90 segment - and it's certainly a more exclusive choice than any of those SUVs. The asking figure pitches this car in between Porsche's 258bhp Cayenne V6 diesel and 380bhp Cayenne V8 diesel models. Equipment levels include as standard leather trim and all of the usual executive niceties. Plus from a dynamic perspective, there's self-levelling suspension, height-adjustable air springs and electronic dampers, torque vectoring and a limited-slip rear differential. And of course, there's plenty of scope for buyer personalisation with a wide range of optional equipment including a Zegna Mulberry Silk interior.

Cost of Ownership

You don't think about buying a Maserati luxury SUV, then worry too much about the cost of running it. Still, if you're interested, the Italian brand quotes a 39.2mpg combined cycle fuel figure and 189g/km of CO2 as a return from the 3.0-litre V6 diesel variant. As for the petrol version, well, best not to ask. Now that the Ghibli and the Quattroporte have established use of diesel power in a Maserati, the used market should be quite comfortable when the time comes to sell this Levante. As a result, residual values should be strong thanks to the car's relative rarity. And the engine is a proven Fiat Group unit, so is unlikely to cause any issues.


We can see the Levante introducing a whole new raft of buyers to the Maserati brand. Yes, a car like this will enrage the brand's purists, but they won't keep the company afloat. As Porsche proved with the Cayenne, a successful luxury SUV can do exactly that - and provide the funds for future Maserati models more in keeping with what we expect from the marque. In the meantime, if you're in the market for a large luxury SUV and want something deliciously different, put one of these on your wishlist. You'll enjoy it.

  • Rain sensor
  • Anti trap windows
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Front and rear electric windows with one touch/anti pinch
  • Demist sensor
  • Laminated front glass with high thermal and noise insulation

  • Maserati Stability Programme (MSP) with ASR, ABS, EBD, BAS and MSR
  • Hill holder
  • All wheel drive intelligent Q4 system with torque vectoring
  • Increased Control and Efficiency (I.C.E)
  • Ventilated brakes with 380mm X 34m with 6 piston fixed callipers at front, 330mm X 22mm with single piston floating callipers at rear
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill descent control
  • Integrated vehicle control

  • Velour floormats

  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Skyhook - Electronically variable active damping suspension system
  • High double wishbone front suspension with 5-arm multilink rear suspension

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • SIRI smart personal assistant

  • Drive mode selector
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Front and rear parking sensors with graphical display on central digital cluster
  • Off road mode setting via off road button
  • Sport mode setting via sport button

  • Power tailgate
  • Stop/start system

  • Maserati dash mounted design specific clock
  • 7" multifunction digital display cluster with on-board computer and driver information
  • Service indicator
  • Maserati connected services including connect app, maintenance, emergency call and breakdown call
  • Maserati Touch Control + 8.4" touchscreen display with rotary control, include Android Automotive OS, Nav system, DAB radio, Bluetooth, AHA, Car setup
  • Instrument cluster in black with white retro illuminated dials

  • Electrochromatic electrically adjustable foldable and heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED indicator lights
  • Automatic dimming door mirrors
  • Electrochromatic rear view mirror

  • Chrome effect boot sill finishers
  • Chrome line exterior
  • Front grille with frame and vertical grille bars in chrome
  • Metallic finish skid plates
  • Body colour lower mouldings - lower bumpers, wheels arches and sides
  • GranLusso rear spoiler in body colour
  • Air shutter control
  • Twin, dual pipe exhaust system in chrome plated stainless steel

  • LED front and rear foglights
  • Full LED adaptive matrix headlights with anti glare high beam assist
  • LED tail lights and third stop light
  • Automatic headlamp activation

  • Air quality sensor

  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Soft close doors
  • Through load system including ski bag
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 3 spoke multifunction steering wheel
  • Front armrest with twin mechanical opening, with illuminated storage compartment, air conditioned and 12V socket
  • One 12V socket and two USB sockets for rear passengers
  • Air conditioned front passenger glove box with USB Socket
  • Power height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Front illuminated stainless steel door sills

  • Front and rear courtesy lamps, footwell lights and door panel handle LED lights

  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger side, window Airbags
  • Front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, rear seat belts with load limiters
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with pressure displayed within the central digital cluster
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Curtain airbags

  • Front head restraints
  • Rear head restraints
  • 60/40 split rear bench seat
  • Dark grey zegna silk detailing on seat centre, headlining, sunvisor and door panel with contrast grey stitching
  • 12 way power front comfort seats with two memory for driver side
  • Rear seats with ski hatch

  • Perimeter alarm system including volumetric sensing, anti-lift device and electronic immobiliser
  • Maserati NavTrak vehicle tracking system with Automatic Driver Recognition and Remote Inhibition
  • Aluminium key fob
  • Remote central locking

  • ZF 8 speed automatic transmission with tip up/down function from gear knob and fully manual mode
  • Mechanical limited slip differential

  • Driver and passenger sunvisor with mirror and courtesy light

  • CO2 (g/km): 251
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 430
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 464
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 289
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 312
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 242
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 259
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 260
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 277
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 303
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 283

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: QUAD CAM
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.7:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 86.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84.5
  • CC: 2979

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 18.5
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 28.8
  • EC Combined (mpg): 23.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 14.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 13.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 22.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 20.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 26.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 24.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 24.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 23
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 22.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 21.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 19
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 20.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 12.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 13.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 10.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 11.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 11.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 12.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 12.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 13.4

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: GranLusso
  • Coin Description: V6
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 4
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 79
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 74
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 81
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 350
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Power - KW: 257
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 369
  • Engine Torque - NM: 500
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6
  • Top Speed: 156
  • Engine Power - BHP: 350
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 51

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 265/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear: 295/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: ZEFIRO DESIGN

  • Width (including mirrors): 2158
  • Height: 1693
  • Height (including roof rails): 1681
  • Length: 5005
  • Width: 1981
  • Wheelbase: 3004

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2109
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 580
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2780
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1625
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.7

  • Rear laminated privacy glass with high thermal and noise insulation: £395

  • Red painted brake calipers: £200
  • Silver painted brake calipers: £200
  • Black painted brake calipers: Included
  • Blue painted brake calipers: £200
  • Yellow painted brake calipers: £200

  • Rear parking camera with imaging displayed on central MTC Plus system: £420
  • Active cruise control: Included
  • Camera system with surround view: £1,045
  • Blind spot assist: £615

  • Kick sensor for power tailgate: £200

  • Matt carbon firbre weave interior trim: £2,860
  • High gloss ebano wood interior trim: £1,140
  • High gloss carbon fibre interior trim: £2,585
  • Open pore Radica wood interior trim: £750
  • Piano Black trim: Included
  • High gloss metal weave trim: £1,850
  • Regimental open pore wood trim: £750

  • Bowers and Wilkins premium surround systems with 17 speakers and clari-Fi function: £2,530
  • Harman Kardon Premium audio system with 14 speakers: £1,650
  • Audio system with 8 speakers: Included

  • Electric panoramic sunroof: £1,360
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £725
  • Mica paint: £725
  • Pearlescent three coat paint: £2,640
  • Metallescent paint: £725
  • Metallic finish roof rails: £700
  • No badge engine: £0
  • No badge version: £0
  • Power rear side sunshade: £650

  • Four zone climate control: £1,135
  • Dual zone automatic climate control: Included

  • Smoking kit: £55
  • Alcantara headlining: £1,310
  • Fabric headlining trim: Included
  • Zegna full premium fine grain leather: Included
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals: £260
  • Perforated full premium fine grain leather upholstery: £0
  • Full premium fine grain leather upholstery: £0
  • Trident stitch pattern on headrests: Included
  • Sabbia leather steering wheel & gear knob: £265
  • Marrone leather heated steering wheel, gear knob and wood inserts: £530
  • Marrone leather steering wheel, gear knob and wood inserts: £355
  • Premium fine grain Nero leather steering wheel & gear knob with wood inserts: £355
  • Pieno fiore semi anline natural leather upholstery: £660
  • Cargo net for rear boot: £165
  • Cargo rails on load floor: £310
  • Marrone multifunction leather steering wheel and gear knob: £0
  • Nero multifunction leather steering wheel and gear knob: Included
  • Front and rear head restraints with embossed Trident logo: £0
  • Maserati active shifting aluminium gear shift paddles: £270
  • Maserati Active shifting carbon fibre gear shift paddles: £600
  • Zegna Pelletessuta leather upholstery: £5,200
  • Nero heated leather sport steering wheel: £440
  • Nero heated leather steering wheel and gear knob with wood insert: £530
  • Sabbia heated leather steering wheel and gear knob with wood insert: £530
  • Nero leather sport steering wheel and gear knob: £175
  • Nero leather sport steering wheel and gear knob with carbon fibre insert: £780
  • Trident stitch pattern on headrests with alternate upgrade: £350

  • Driver Assistance Pack - Levante: £1,920
  • Driver Assistance Pack Plus - Levante: £2,690
  • Cold weather pack - Levante: £1,320
  • Easy access pack - Levante: £320

  • Metallic - Grigio: £725

  • Mica - Blu emozione: £725
  • Mica - Nero ribelle: £725
  • Mica - Blu passione: £725
  • Mica - Rame: £725

  • Pearlescent three coat - Bianco Alpi: £2,640
  • Pearlescent three coat - Blu Nobile: £2,640

  • Solid - Bianco White: £0
  • Solid - Nero (Black): £0

  • Metallescent - Grigio Maratea: £725

  • Heated front seats: Included
  • Heated rear seats: £440
  • Front seat ventilation: £880
  • Easy entry/exit system: £395

  • Keyless entry and go: Included

  • Trailer tow bar: £780

  • Zegna full premium fine grain leather - Black: £0
  • Zegna full premium fine grain leather - Red: £0
  • Zegna full premium fine grain leather - Tan: £0
  • Zegna full premium fine grain leather - Dark grey: £0
  • Full premium fine grain leather - Black: £0
  • Full premium fine grain leather - Tan: £0
  • Full premium fine grain leather - Beige: £0
  • Full premium fine grain leather - Dark brown: £0
  • Full premium fine grain leather - Red: £0
  • Perforated full premium fine grain leather - Black: £0
  • Perforated full premium fine grain leather - Tan: £0
  • Perforated full premium fine grain leather - Beige: £0
  • Perforated full premium fine grain leather - Dark brown: £0
  • Perforated full premium fine grain leather - Red: £0
  • Pieno fiore semi aniline natural leather - Black w/black dash: £660
  • Pieno fiore semi anline natural leather - Tan w/black dash: £660
  • Pieno fiore semi anline natural leather - Red w/black dash: £660

  • Summer tyres: Included
  • All season tyres: £0

  • 19" Zefiro painted design staggered alloy wheels: £330
  • 21" Anteo dark design staggered alloy wheels: £3,300
  • 20" Ares dark grey design staggered alloy wheels: £1,760
  • 21" Helios matt design staggered alloy wheels: £3,300
  • 20" Nereo miron design staggered alloy wheels: £1,430
  • 20" Nereo matte design staggered alloy wheels: £1,100
  • 21" Anteo machine polished design staggered alloy wheels: £2,970
  • 21" Helios machine polished design staggered alloy wheels: £2,970
  • 19" Zefiro polished design polished staggered alloy wheels: Included
  • 20" Efesto myron dark design staggered alloy wheels: £1,760
  • 20" Efesto platinum design staggered alloy wheels: £1,430

  • 18" Collapsible spare wheel: £335
  • Fix and go tyre sealing compound and electric air compressor: Included

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